Lineage of Direct Realization
The lord of yogins Milarepa exemplifies this lineage of direct realization in a particularly striking way. Throughout the period when he was requesting the dharma of his teacher and seeking to obtain the special profound instructions of vajrayāna, he endured incredible hardships. And after receiving the instructions at the cost of such hardship, he then followed through by remaining in retreat for the rest of his life. His first retreat took place in a cave called Tangya Longten located in the vicinity of the residence of Marpa at Lhodrowo. During the entire eleven months of this retreat, he practiced continually with a lit butter lamp on his head. From that time on, he spent the rest of his life practicing in caves until he demonstrated parinirvāna at the age of eighty-four. With no other residence than rocky caves, he conducted the practice of mahāmudrā and directly manifested realization of it. This kind of persistence and commitment is what gives the lineage that derives from him its special impetus and its characteristic stamp of excellence as a lineage dedicated to putting realization into practice.
Composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center, in the summer of 1991. Commentary on Ocean of True Meaning.
Translated by Jim Scott.